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Articles and wisdom from our #First50, male Champions and other friends of Lead5050.  Put the kettle on, grab yourself a biscuit, and enjoy………

Female Mentors Matter - Pamela Bates

One of the first pieces of advice I received from my university career advisor was to actively seek out mentors and build a toolkit of support to help propel me through college, into the workforce and beyond. No matter what stage of life I’ve been in, I’ve actively sought out mentors inside and outside of my sector of international higher education.

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5 Secrets About Tech for Women - Kirsten E Hawkins

It is easy to dismiss “tech” as for young men who like to design computer games in their bedrooms, but this is to diminish, not only female talent in this area, but the vast range of opportunities to get involved...

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Whose social media are you on? - Jay Colios-Terry

Imagine for a second that the people you disagree fundamentally with, people whom you’ve probably removed from your online social sphere, have also been doing the same thing with those that disagree with their (unpalatable) world view. With that in mind It's not hard to see why it's so hard to make progress on a whole range of issues. People just don't talk anymore.

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This Man Walks Into A Bar… - Thom Jones

This man walks into a bar... and the barman says ‘why the long face’ and the man goes ‘because it’s 2017 and yet even an industry as, supposedly, open and enlightened as international education we are still surrounded by the same entrenched mental infrastructure that shackled the minds of our ancestors in terms of gender equality’. The barman moves to serve another customer…..

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A Woman Walks Into A Bar… - Nicola Lutz

A Woman Walks Into A Bar… She’s there to network, meet clients and make contacts. All being well, she’ll enjoy it and get some good business contacts, but what does she do if she comes across a client, or potential client, that she wants to do business with, but who makes inappropriate comments about her or other women, or even makes a pass?

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Why I value mentoring so much - Hannah Alexander-Wright

Mentoring is different to coaching, but often the terms are used inter-changeably. The way I have been taught is that mentoring is more about giving advice, based on experience. If I am coached, I expect to come up with the options and answers myself.

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How I took a different path - Lynne Farrugia

Women are brought up thinking that they would never have the time to take care of the family if their job required them to be so responsible. I still remember stopping my business partner and sister, Bernice, and asking her to explain why there were so many men at these events. After her explanation, the penny dropped and I realised that even in such a diverse and fantastic industry, female leaders were still lacking.

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Why we need female role models - Leanne Linacre

The vast majority of the stuff aimed at girls is either pink and glittery, often both, and panders to tired old stereotypes that girls are only interested in kittens and ponies or make-up and dressing up...

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Why are there so few women speakers in the industry? - Ella Tyler

Looking around me at workshops and various industry shindigs, it would seem that women outnumber men 2-1. So why are we not leaning in and speaking up? It can't be because we have nothing to say...

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